Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development,

because success is something you attract by the person you become

– Hal Elrod


“The best yardstick for success isn’t whether you beat a benchmark or your neighbor,” writes Adam Grossman.

“Instead, the best measure is whether you meet your goals—while sleeping at night

Growth is a function of the available energy.

As energy sources have increased, the production of wealth has increased. Greater wealth meant better standard of living for ever greater number of people.

Humanity’s future is open-ended.

taken from Antanu Dey's blog post

Why hasn’t evolution made every species freaking huge?

Aaron Clauset of the Santa Fe Institute and Doug Erwin of the Museum of Natural History, explained why in a paper that is dense but summed up in a wonderful sentence:

The tendency for evolution to create larger species is counterbalanced by the tendency of extinction to kill” off larger species


Management has three basic tasks to perform:

  1. Establish the requirements that employees are to meet
  2. Supply the wherewithal that the employees need in order to meet those requirements
  3. Spend all its time encouraging and helping the employees to meet those requirements

- Philip Crosby reference

IEEE's code of ethics includes this:

[We agree] 1. to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public, to strive to comply with ethical design and sustainable development practices, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;

Faster... Better... Cheaper... Pick any two.


Who is rich? He who is satisfied with his lot.

— Ben Zoma Reference


“Wealth comes from successful individual efforts to please one’s fellow man … that’s what competition is all about: “outpleasing” your competitors to win over the consumers.”

— Walter E Williams. Reference: Planning Works but not Always


“Experience is what you got when you didn’t get what you wanted.” --- Howard Marks

“It’s not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.” — Charlie Munger

The ability to risk looking like an idiot is necessary for being different.

Extraordinary performance comes from being different

Why (to live)

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” -Friedrich Nietzsche


Peace is not a piece of paper, but a way of dealing with conflict when it arises. --Roger Fisher


It’s not the strongest of the species who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

--Charles Darwin

Occam's razor

Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.


To Learn

To learn is to broaden, to experience more, to snatch new aspects of life for yourself. To refuse to learn or to be relieved at not having to learn is to commit a form of suicide; in the long run, a more meaningful type of suicide than the mere ending of physical life.

Knowledge is not only power; it is happiness, and being taught is the intellectual analog of being loved.

— Isaac Asimov, Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Life in Letters